Sue’s ‘Walk For Wards’ fundraising has double significance
23 August 2017
Sunday 17 September is the annual Walk For Wards event raising money for wards or departments of choice at Southend Hospital. Sue Hill, 31, from Rayleigh, taking part with her family and raising money for both Rochford Ward and the Special Care Baby Unit.
And, although now in a wheelchair, she isn't letting a little
thing like that stop her from completing the 7km (4.3 mile) route
that goes from Shoebury to Chalkwell alongside an estimated 200
Sue lost her mobility in February this year, due to Ehlers
Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and is now in a wheelchair, but it means an
awful lot to her to take part.
Sue said: "The organisers have said I can complete the 'Walk for
Wards' event in my wheelchair and I'll be supported by my amazing
family; husband Danny and three children, Josie aged 7, Cooper aged
4 and 19 month old Quinn, who will all be completing the walk with
"It's going to be a very special day and is our family's way of
thanking the hospital."
It's made all the more special and poignant as it also marks
eight years to the day since Sue's beloved Nan, Joan, passed
Sue said: "My Nan was being looked after in Rochford Ward, and I
was five months pregnant with Nan's first grandchild, that she
nicknamed 'Peanut'. The staff on the ward were amazing with Nan,
but so supportive to the family as well. My Nan was a massive part
of me, and still is - we'll be taking part in 'Nanny Peanut's'
Half of the money raised is also going to the Special Care Baby
Unit, where son Cooper was born in 2013 at 29 weeks, weighing just
Sue said: "We will always be eternally grateful to the amazing
team who helped my little miracle get strong enough to come home,
and for that I will be forever in their debt. The rollercoaster
ride we endured was incredibly difficult and emotional, but our
Special Care Baby Unit family were there to support and give us the
strength we needed. They always went above and beyond their job and
helped us in any way they could.
"They were also amazing towards Josie, my eldest who was just
three at the time. But she remembers and even now at 7 years old
she still talks fondly about them. You never forget care like that
and all these incredible people deserve recognition. This is just
our small family way of thanking them.
Sue's already well on the way to raising her £250 target for
this year's event, which is sponsored by Adventure Island and Radio
Essex. You can donate to Sue's page by visiting: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sue-hill17
Elise Fleetwood, Events & Corporate Relations Manager at the
hospital, said: "Each year Walk For Wards is full of people who
take the walk to help give something back to the ward or department
that helped them or a loved one. It's amazing to see so many people
united for their local hospital and a real pleasure to hear the
many stories of how the hospital has made a real positive
difference in people's lives."
Last year it was a massive 'thank you' to the tune of £14,000
that was spread over 35 wards and departments meaning that whether
those taking part in it have walked or rolled their way they'll all
be walking tall after their fundraising achievements.
If you are interested in taking part in Walk For Wards this year
please contact Southend Hospital's Fundraising team on 01702 385337
or email firstname.lastname@example.org